The prevailing wisdom is that a group of people will do more together than as individuals. And while some groups can deliver amazing results that cannot be achieved by individuals, sadly this is frequently not the case. In fact, many groups will actually deliver worse results than you expect. So what differentiates the good groups from the bad?
Good groups create synergy.
They don’t just work together, they collaborate to go far beyond their individual talent and strengths and bring out the best in each other to deliver results which generally cannot be achieved by individuals.
Collaborative groups take time to organize, they need to work out a common language, and generally must have a common interest to begin to perform, like finely tuned and supportive teams. Merely calling a group a team, does not make them a team, nor does it make them productive. They won’t create any synergy. What makes any group into a team is the “organizing,” which unfortunately is the step that under-performing groups skip.